The Thermocouple Bricklet 2.0 can be used to extend the features of Bricks with the capability to measure temperature with a thermocouple. The measured temperature can be read out in °C. With configurable events it is possible to react on changing values without polling.
The supported thermocouple types are B, E, J, K, N, R, S and T. It is also possible to configure custom gains, with which you can read out other thermocouple types or even custom thermocouple types.
Faults such as missing thermocouple and over/under-voltage are automatically detected and reported.
By default the Bricklet comes with a K-type mini thermocouple connector. The connector uses Alumel for the negative Chromel for the positive contact. We can also fit the Bricklet with a matching connector for other thermocouple types. You can choose type J,T,E,U and N. Another option is to choose the wire option. Then you will get the Bricklet without any connector but with two 20cm isolated wires. This way you can connect your own connector to it.
This Bricklet ist not galvanically isolated to the Tinkerforge system. This means that there is a direct electrical connection between the terminals of the Bricklet and the rest of the system. Dependent of the application this can lead to undesired connections, ground loops or short circuits. These problems can be prevented by using the Bricklet together with a Isolator Bricklet.
The Thermocouple Bricklet 2.0 has a 7 pole Bricklet connector and is connected to a Brick with a 7p-10p Bricklet cable.
|Current Consumption||45mW (9mA at 5V)|
|Measurement Range||-210°C to +1800°C|
|Accuracy||±0.15% (full-scale), ±0.7°C (cold-junction)|
|Supported Types||B, E, J, K, N, R, S and T (custom types possible)|
|Connector||mini thermocouple jack|
|Dimensions (W x D x H)||40 x 30 x 8mm (1.58 x 1.18 x 0.32")|
To test a Thermocouple Bricklet 2.0 you need to have Brick Daemon and Brick Viewer installed. Brick Daemon acts as a proxy between the USB interface of the Bricks and the API bindings. Brick Viewer connects to Brick Daemon. It helps to figure out basic information about the connected Bricks and Bricklets and allows to test them.
Connect the Thermocouple Bricklet 2.0 to a Brick with a Bricklet Cable as well as a thermocouple to the Thermocouple Bricklet.
If you connect the Brick to the PC over USB, you should see a new tab named "Thermocouple Bricklet 2.0" in the Brick Viewer after a moment. Select this tab. If everything went as expected the Brick Viewer should look as depicted below.
After this test you can go on with writing your own application. See the Programming Interface section for the API of the Thermocouple Bricklet 2.0 and examples in different programming languages.
A laser-cut case for the Thermocouple Bricklet 2.0 is available.
The assembly is easiest if you follow the following steps:
Below you can see an exploded assembly drawing of the Thermocouple Bricklet 2.0 case:
Hint: There is a protective film on both sides of the plates, you have to remove it before assembly.
Different thermocouple types use different types of metals for their wires. Optimally, the connector on the Bricklet uses the same types of metals.
By default the Bricklet comes with a K-type mini thermocouple connector (Alumel for the negative and Chromel for the positive contact). You can connect any type of thermocouple to the Bricklet too, but with a slight increase in error. If you want to use a non-K-type thermocouple and you need the best possible performance we can fit the Bricklet with different connectors for you:
|Type||Negative Contact||Positive Contact|
In our shop different connectors can be chosen. If the necessary connector can't be selected, please contact us before your order.
See Programming Interface for a detailed description.
|Visual Basic .NET||API||Examples||Installation|